No, you don’t have to pay to keep your Facebook posts private

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The rumors are back – Facebook is going to start charging you to keep your posts private and to keep copyright control of your photos. Fortunately for everyone, this is the same tired hoax that pops up on Facebook a few times every year.

Many Facebook users began seeing the following message on Monday:

“Now it’s official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: $5.99 to keep the subscription of your status to be set to ‘private.’ If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free (paste not share) if not tomorrow, all your posts can become public. Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. After all, it does not cost anything for a simple copy and paste.”

Facebook officially responded to the comments Monday afternoon.

“While there may be water on Mars, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet today. Facebook is free and it always will be,” the company said. “And the thing about copying and pasting a legal notice is just a hoax. Stay safe out there Earthlings!”

Here’s the language from Facebook’s actual terms of service.

The following is the part relevant to this hoax:

“You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings.”

Worry not – the privacy of your posts and photos is still up to you, just as it has always been.

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